With Alabama recently passing an abortion ban, the new short film “It Happened One Night” gives a realistic depiction of what the future of America will be if state legislators continue to follow suit. The short, showcased at the Global Women in Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival, examines an America that has overthrown Roe v. Wade and turned a blind eye to sexual assault victims.
The short film is written, directed and produced by Jabree Webber; a 2019 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts with an M.F.A. in Film and TV Production. Starring General Hospital’s Paulina Bugembe and Drumline: A New Beat’s Duain Richmond, the film highlights a distressing decision for a woman with an unintended pregnancy in the aftermath of sexual assault. Incorporating the conversations of #MeToo and #ProChoice, this #PostRoe film personifies the negative consequences that could occur with state legislatures banning abortion.
The nine-minute short film follows Bugembe’s character “Tia” as she grapples with reality after returning home from a scheduled procedure. Unbeknownst to “Daniel,” her fiancé portrayed by Richmond, Tia’s choice inspires a point of contention for the couple who would otherwise be happily in love. With the pressures of the outside world rising, the couple struggles to maintain their relationship and are forced to decide their future together.
“In this film, I explore the influence of money and power as it pertains to sexual assault and the survivors’ livelihood,” said filmmaker Jabree Webber. “Additionally, I explore the topic of sexual assault and how it affects survivors in their day-to-day, interpersonal relationships.”
This film is necessary and timely as state legislators across the country continue to pass laws banning abortions without any exceptions for rape or incest. The film links key issues of pro-choice and sexual assault as it illustrates a possible outcome for women in America as these new state laws pose a severe threat to overturning Roe V. Wade by the Supreme Court.
“I am utilizing my voice and talent to raise awareness around this issue,” said Webber. “This film is a comment on social issues that affect our country as a whole.”
“It Happened One Night” screened at the Independent Shorts Awards and will screen at the Global Impact Film Festival in August.
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About Jabree Webber
Jabree Webberis a fearless artist with an incomparable drive, distinctive approach, and charismatic nature. A Detroit native, Jabree graduated high school at the young age of 16. She is an honors B.A. graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts and an M.F.A. Film and TV Production graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Through her exposure to different types of storytelling, Webber discovered her love for filmmaking. Whether acting, writing, or directing – Webber aspires to combine her passion for being behind and in front of the camera in the same ways that her mentors have. Webber wants to utilize her talents to impact social change and enrich young people while also transcending social inequalities.